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Where does cocoa come from? #travel #malaysia

While the cacao tree bears fruit (or pods) all year round, harvesting is generally seasonal. The pods come in a variety of types since cacao trees cross-pollinate freely. These types can be reduced to three classifications: Criollo , the prince of cacaos, is a soft thin-skinned pod, with a light color and a unique, pleasant aroma. Forastero , a more plentiful type, is easier to cultivate and has a thick-walled pod and a pungent aroma and finally Trinitario , which is believed to be a natural cross from strains of the other two types, and possesses a good, aromatic flavor. In recent years cacao growers have turned increasingly to hybridization as a means of improving the quality of the bean and making it more disease resistant. Scientists using state-of-the-art biotechnology techniques are also trying to improve the quality of cacao and its resistance to disease. MCB resear...

Full article: http://cumidanciki.com/2010/10/where-does-cocoa-come-from/

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